Embrace That Which is YOU!

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Irritated? Grouchy? Short tempered? It happens to the best of us!

I think…rather than trying to “hide” that side of us; that part of us that makes us oh so human….instead of trying so hard to bury those moments when we feel less than “prefect” or spiritual, we need to accept and embrace all that is US.  Unconditional love is not something that we should extend only to others….we need to give that love, that acceptance for an imperfect life, to our own self.

Why do we work so hard to love our neighbors; but not love ourselves the same way? Your/my bitchy moment…irritated second…that is part of who we are! We are after all human beings attempted to live a spiritual life!  As such we will have moments when we do not live up to our own expectations! Should we throw in the towel, or accept who we are, and understand that it was just a moment when we struggled a little?

I talk all the time about accepting others and loving them unconditionally…well we need to extend that love to ourselves and move past it.  The way to work through these things, and get to a higher place, is to accept them and move on.  When we hide it (or stuff it down) all we do is cause pain for ourselves! Let it go!  It is just part of the journey!

I love you! And I love me!

No More Excuses!

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about my spiritual journey and not a lot talking about other aspects of my coaching. I talk to people about their spiritual journey and about nutrition,exercise and other mental/physical things that can create, not necessarily positive, situations in our life.
I thought beginning today I should start spending a little bit of time each week talking about things other than our spiritual journey! Or I should say…in addition to.

With that in mind I want to chat a little bit today about exercise and its benefits. And maybe give you a few suggestions on what to do if you are having a problem getting motivated or if you have just found yourself in a good old-fashioned “RUT” .

I will start by saying that I have always been an exercise freak!   Yeah I am one of those people who was always logging in 20+ hours a week on my workouts! I love exercise! But as I have gotten older it has definitely been more of a challenge for me. I, as a rule, have never been a runner, I walk…I may even walk fast! But I never run! My workouts of choice have always been Cardio and strength in the form of weights and treadmills,dance and aerobics.

So what are some of the benefits of regular exercise?
Exercise is not only good for your body it is good for your mind. It helps to create energy as well as helps to clear the mind, alleviate stress and can help with depression. It can help you to feel better about yourself too.

The thing to do is to START….you may not believe it and you may not want to do it…. but you should just do it, you will see. And once you start, do not stop. You do not have to hit it hard everyday!! Just move in some way each and everyday!

Even if you get injured..do not use that as an excuse to stop. At least not entirely! If you have a bad ankle or knee….do upper body work. If it is a shoulder injury, do lower body work. Stay in the game, even if only a little.  It is easier, once the injury is recovered, to start working out the entire body again if you never really stopped! You just modified. I know too many people, including myself, who stopped when injured , the next thing you know it is 6 months later, or worse and you no longer work out, at all! You have put on some weight and have ZERO motivation to get started. Please do not get me wrong! I am not advocating that your routine should include the injured area. I am just saying there are other things you can do that will not stress your injury. Always follow what your Dr says and never do anything without consulting your Dr first!

So, make sure that you move every day. Even if it is a short walk or 20 minutes of floor work…whatever, do something! We all have to start somewhere!  Heck…turn the radio on or put a CD in and let the music move you.  If it is really good music 30 minutes will fly by! <SMILE>

I hope you move today…and tomorrow…and the next day….and, well, you get the point!

A Course in Miracles……

Recently I have been thinking a lot about finally opening up the book, A Course in Miracles. I bought this book a few months ago at Barnes and Noble, and it has sat on my night stand ever since. It is a bit daunting to look at, I mean when you crack it open and glance through, well the words are sooooooo deep and …ummm….deep……that you..or at least, I, just put it back down and move on to something that is easier to digest.

I reason with myself that I bought the book with the intention of going deeper ( there is that word again) into myself…so “deep” is a good thing and yet I just keep putting it off.

So I decided to crack it open today. 1/12/11

The first take away that I have is that when you are ready to read this book IT will be ready for you. Period! In my opinion it is not any more complicated than that.  Any other time that I have picked the book up and looked into its pages I have quickly grown glassy eyed and felt extremely tired….ready for a nap! Anything but to continue reading or attempting to read this book! I felt that I was just not evolved enough to absorb what the words on its pages were trying to divulge to me. Now though….. I do not think that’s  it at all, well at least not really. I think we are all perfectly capable of absorbing the wisdom that this course offers, but we may not necessarily be in a place within our personal journey to really understand it yet.   I am sure there are people out there that managed to get through the pages of this book and  years later read it again only to feel as though they never even saw the book before.  Me…well…I could not get past the obligatory glance to get down to any reading before wanting to fall asleep!

But that all changed today! I picked it up and not only did the pages start to impart their wisdom to me but I found it oh so interesting! Gone are the “glassy eyed I want to take a nap” days of not understanding to a world opened up before me that is full of miracles!! It really is very interesting.

So I would say to you, if you have felt that this book was beyond your understanding…keep an open mind! You never know at what point you are going to be able to pick the book up and as Helen and William received their miracle ( of these writings) oh so many  years ago,  you too will receive your very own miracle and be able to understand the wisdom that this wonderful book is offering up to you!

So go….buy the book, set it on your night stand, glance at it from time to time and every once in a while crack it open…..read a few words…if you get glassy eyed and tired, by all means put it down and try again another time. Rest assured that when the time is right the book will be there for you…..so that you too may benefit from all the wisdom within its pages!

When the student is ready the teacher will appear~Buddhist Proverb